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Former Penn State player, assistant coach Jim Weaver dies at 70

Former Penn State player and assistant Jim Weaver died Thursday. Weaver, also a former Virginia Tech athletic director, guided the Hokies athletic programs into the Big East Conference and then the Atlantic Coast Conference during more than 16 years as athletic director.
Former Penn State player and assistant Jim Weaver died Thursday. Weaver, also a former Virginia Tech athletic director, guided the Hokies athletic programs into the Big East Conference and then the Atlantic Coast Conference during more than 16 years as athletic director. AP file photo

Jim Weaver, a former Penn State football player and assistant coach and longtime athletic director at Virginia Tech, died Thursday morning in Blacksburg, Va.

Weaver, 70, a Harrisburg native and graduate of William Penn High School, played linebacker and center for Penn State under head coaches Rip Engle (1964-65) and Joe Paterno (1966) before graduating with a degree in psychology and education in 1967.

He then became the interior offensive line coach of the Nittany Lions in 1969, and helped Penn State to undefeated seasons in 1968 and 1969 as well as five bowl appearances.

Weaver served as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator in 1973 and was the head coach at Villanova in 1974. He transitioned into athletic administration thereafter, and was an associate athletic director at Florida from 1983-91 before a three-year stint as UNLV’s athletic director and two years as the athletic director at Western Michigan.

In 2013, Weaver and then-Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner announced the first Penn State-Virginia Tech football series, with games planned in 2020 and 2025.

He is survived by his wife, Traci, and four sons.

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